Update November 11-14, 2018
UEFA warns clubs over financial abuses after Man City leaks
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates
after scoring his side's third goal during the English Premier
League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at
the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Nov. 11. (AP
Manchester, England (AP) —
Previously concluded Financial Fair Play cases could be
reopened, UEFA warned on Monday as evidence grows of Manchester
City's attempts to disguise its source of income and spending.
The UEFA statement on the
prospect of the financial compliance system being "abused" by teams
comes after internal correspondence exposing City's alleged
deception was published by European media outlets.
The reigning English Premier
League champions and current leaders have not provided a defense or
disputed the authenticity of the information from leaked emails
which reveal elaborate attempts over several years to try to avoid
breaching the rules designed to curb overspending on player costs.
City, who have been owned by
Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour for a decade, have already been punished
for violating FFP after reaching a settlement agreement with UEFA in
2014 that saw them fined rather than banned from the Champions
Having spent more than a week
declining to comment on the information in the "Football Leaks"
documents, UEFA has issued a response to questions about City that
raises the prospect of new sanctions.
"Should new information suggest
that previously concluded cases have been abused, those cases may be
capable of being re-opened as determined on a case by case basis,"
UEFA said. "This approach is applied universally to all clubs that
apply for a UEFA license and participate in European club
The agreement with UEFA
eventually saw City forfeit only 20 million euros in Champions
League prize money. UEFA has not said how aware it was in 2014 of
City's plans to hide spending of more recent schemes, which have
been reported in a five-part series by German magazine Der
"FFP is a framework which clubs
that wish to play in UEFA competitions agree to abide by," the
organizer of the Champions League and Europa League said in a
statement. "It relies on the cooperation of clubs to declare a
complete and genuine financial position. While UEFA can test the
information it receives, it relies on that information being fair
and accurate reflections of a club's finances."
The title sponsor of City's
stadium, training campus, and jersey backer is Etihad Airways, the
state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Mansour is a member of
Abu Dhabi's royal family and deputy prime minister of the United
The leaks emails claimed to
show in 2015 how the Etihad deal generated 67.5 million pounds
annually for City. But City's holding company — state-backed Abu
Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad,
according to Jorge Chumillas, the club chief financial officer in an
The evidence could be
significant for UEFA which checks clubs' finances annually to ensure
they are meeting break-even requirements on a rolling three-year
"This includes a thorough
assessment of clubs' financial positions on the basis of both the
information disclosed by the clubs (based on their independently
audited financial statements) as well as a number of compliance
checks and analysis undertaken by UEFA (including independent
external audits)," UEFA said. "If new information comes to light
that may be material to this assessment, UEFA will use that to
challenge the figures and will seek explanation, clarification or
rebuttal from the club concerned."
Abu Dhabi United Group was also
alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to
supposedly buy the right to use players' images in marketing
campaigns. This helped raise revenue by 30 million euros in one case
cited by Der Spiegel, which reported City's emails from 2013.
City have not commented on
their use of the Fordham Sports Management image rights company or
attempts to shift costs away from the club.
Roberto Mancini, who managed
City from 2009-13 and won the Premier League in 2012, was also shown
to have received more pay from a team Sheikh Mansour owns in Abu
Dhabi than from the Manchester club. Der Spiegel shows
Mancini signed two contracts at the same time, to receive a base
salary of 1.45 million pounds from City and 1.75 million pounds for
advising Al Jazira Sports.
Since July 2011, UEFA has
monitored the annual accounts of all clubs entering its two club
competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance
with FFP was 2011-13 when owners were allowed to cover losses up to
45 million euros.
UEFA requires clubs to approach
break-even on football-related business — television rights fees,
buying and selling players, salaries, sponsor deals, tickets sales,
and prize money. The complex accounting rules encourage clubs to
spend on long-term projects — stadiums, youth training — which do
not count as losses for FFP purposes.
"Financial Fair Play has led to
a step change in the health of the finances in European club
football," UEFA said on Monday. "Seven years ago, European clubs had
a cumulative debt of 1.7 billion euros. Last year it was a profit
of 600 million euros. Without question, it has been a success for
the game across Europe."
Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain
were sanctioned for overspending in 2014 at the same time as City.
The Spanish soccer league last year asked UEFA to investigate City
and PSG, claiming they benefit from state aid which "distorts
European competitions" and "is irreparably harming the football
Djokovic cruises past Isner in ATP Finals opener
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a
point against John Isner of the United States in their ATP World Tour
Finals tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Monday Nov. 12. (AP
London (AP) — The opening matches at the
ATP Finals led to a debate over whether conditions at the O2 Arena were
trickier than in past years.
Novak Djokovic ended it.
The Wimbledon and U.S. Open
champion made an impressive start to his campaign for a sixth title by
dismissing John Isner 6-4, 6-3 on Monday.
Roger Federer, who lost on Sunday,
and Alexander Zverev described conditions as challenging following their
error-strewn opening matches at the season-ending tournament, but
Djokovic dropped just six points on his serve and made six unforced
"My results here have been pretty
good in the last 10 years, so I can't complain too much," said Djokovic,
who has won four titles at the London venue. "It takes a little bit of
time really to get yourself adjusted to the surface because the surface
is a good surface."
A day after a ceremony to mark
ending the season as No. 1, Djokovic underlined his status by nullifying
Isner's usually destructive serve.
Isner, who at 33 became the
season-ending tournament's oldest debutant since 1972, applied himself
admirably but barely avoided being broken more than once in the first
set, and was broken twice more in the second set.
"It was amazing," Isner said of the
atmosphere. "I wish I could have given them a bit more to cheer for."
The one break Djokovic converted in
the first set, at 2-2, was a cross-court forehand return winner which
Cristiano Ronaldo was in
attendance, with Djokovic perhaps spurred on even more by the Juventus
"It's great to have big football
star, sports star like him, courtside watching tennis," Djokovic said.
At 3-3, 15-30 in the second set,
Isner sent down a second serve at 126 mph (203 kph). Djokovic sent it
straight back at his feet and a shocked Isner hit his backhand long to
concede two more break points.
A forehand error from Isner
confirmed the break, and the end of the contest. The merciless Djokovic
held serve before breaking Isner once more with an inch-perfect backhand
passing shot on match point.
"That was pretty comprehensive out
there," Isner conceded.
Earlier, Zverev came from a break
down in both sets to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1).
Facing each other in their opening
match for a second straight year, Zverev produced the slightly steadier
tennis in an attritional contest to extend his record against Cilic to
2-0 at the O2 Arena and 6-1 overall.
Cilic, who made 46 unforced errors,
dropped to 1-9 across his four appearances at the tournament.
"The win, that's the most important
thing," said Zverev, who failed to advance from the round-robin stage on
his debut last year.
NHL, retired players reach $19M concussions settlement
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Daniel Carcillo is shown in this Sept. 29,
2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
New York (AP) - The National
Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with
more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of
failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks
involved with playing.
The lawsuit, consolidated in
federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league.
The NHL, as it has for years, did not acknowledge any liability for the
players' claims in the proposed settlement and can terminate the deal if
all 318 players or their estates don't elect to participate.
The settlement is significantly
less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the NFL and its
former players on the same issue of head injuries. Each player who opts
in would receive $22,000 and could be eligible for up to $75,000 in
"The cash amount of $22,000, that's
small, but we were always looking for (medical) coverage to begin with,"
said former player Reed Larson, who was among the first to sue the
league over head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic
Traumatic Encephalopathy. "The bottom line is this is monitoring,
testing and hopefully help for players that will either have (CTE) now
or could get it in the future."
Players' attorney Stuart Davidson
said he knows there will be comparisons between the NHL and NFL
settlements, even though they differ drastically.
"When you have a defendant who has
spent millions of dollars litigating a case for four years to prove that
nothing is wrong with getting your brain bashed in, you can only get so
far," Davidson told The Associated Press. "I think it's important for
players who have an opportunity to settle their case with the NHL now to
understand that before they get anything through a trial against the NHL
it's going to cost millions of dollars in experts to get there, and
that's going to have to be paid for before they see a penny from any
recovery, assuming they win."
An NHL spokesman said the league
would not make any comment until after the opt-in period of 75 days for
players. There were 146 players who added their names to the lawsuit as
plaintiffs between November 2013 and this August and 172 more who joined
In addition to the cash payment,
the settlement includes neurological testing and assessment for players
paid for by the league; up to $75,000 in medical treatment for players
who test positive on two or more tests; and a "Common Good Fund" for
retired players in need, including those who did not participate in the
litigation, worth $2.5 million.
Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who
has dealt with concussion problems throughout his career but is not
involved in the lawsuit that includes only retired players, told
reporters after practice the league, Players' Association and others
must all have a role in the issue.
"It's something as players that we
know that risk," Crosby said. "Obviously we know a lot more now than we
did before, even a lot more than we did when I had my first one. It's
something you hope they can mutually agree on. It's something that I
think is important from both sides."
Retired player Daniel Carcillo, one
of the plaintiffs, urged players not to accept the settlement. In a
series of tweets , he said players would be forced to see the same NHL
and NHLPA doctors to determine if they'd be eligible for treatment.
Carcillo also asked for Wayne
Gretzky's thoughts: "I want him to use his platform to help the men who
protected him throughout his career. Lack of pressure from former
players is a direct result of this insulting attempt at a settlement."
Charles Zimmerman, who was a lead
attorney for players, said he was most disappointed the lawsuit couldn't
assure future benefits for all retired players like in the NFL.
"I think it's a very appropriate
result and a good outcome in a very contested, hotly litigated matter,"
Zimmerman said. "The main goal in the case was to get medical testing
and treatment for the players, something that the NHL wouldn't agree to
for the four years that we'd been litigating and that's what we
The settlement comes four months
after a federal judge denied class-action status for the retired
players, a significant victory for the league in the lawsuit filed in
November 2013. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in July denied
class-action status, citing "widespread differences" in state laws about
medical monitoring that would "present significant case management
The bid for class-action status
would have created one group of all living former NHL players and one
group of all retired players diagnosed with a neurological disease,
disorder or condition. Had Nelson certified the class action, more than
5,000 former players would have been able to join the case.
"It's not surprising after the NHL
prevailed on the class-action motion that there would have been
movements in this direction," NHLPA executive director Don Fehr told
reporters in Toronto. "I'm glad for the parties that it's all over.
Hopefully people can go on with their lives and now we can perhaps deal
with these issues with the NHL without having to worry about the effect
on the litigation."
Davidson called Nelson's decision a
"watershed moment" for the case and that players lost leverage as a
"It severely limited the damages to
the NHL owners and benefits to the NHL players," Vanderbilt University
sports economic professor John Vrooman wrote in an email to the AP.
"This decision essentially forced the 140 (plus) players involved in the
suit to settle and prevented the participation of all other potential
litigants. So it will seem that both sides 'won' in what was really a
lopsided victory for the owners. It's just that all of the owners won by
gaining current and future protection from damages and a minor fraction
of the players won something that they would have zero chance in
obtaining in isolation versus the league."
Settlement talks ramped back up in
July with an agreement reached Nov. 7.
Bettman and Deputy Commissioner
Bill Daly have, on multiple occasions, said the lawsuit had no merit.
"When it comes to focusing on
concussions and trying to understand them and how to treat them, we've
been leaders in the field," Bettman told the AP in May. "And that gets
completely lost in the rhetoric of the litigation, and I don't like
discussing the litigation. There is a sense because it gets
sensationalized that the reality of our position with player safety is
somehow at odds with the reality of the science and the medicine and
it's not true. We study it very closely."
The NFL settlement covers more than
20,000 retired players, and lawyers expect payouts to top $1.5 billion
over 65 years. As of last month , the NFL concussion lawsuit claims
panel has approved more than $500 million in awards and paid out $330
Rugby League World Cup seeds: Aussies, England, NZ, Tonga
Jake Connor, right, is caught by New Zealand's Jamayne Isaako during their
International Rugby League match at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday
Nov. 11. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)
York, England (AP) — England
will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as hosts and will be seeded
alongside New Zealand, Tonga and titleholders Australia.
Details of the draw were unveiled
following a four-day congress of the Rugby League International Federation
The Rugby League World Cup has been
increased from 14 to 16 teams, making for a simpler format, with the top two
teams from each of the four pools going through to the quarterfinals.
The draws for all three Rugby League
World Cups, including the women's and wheelchair events, will be made in
England on Nov. 27, 2019, exactly two years before the 2021 final.
The second pot will feature tier two
teams Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, and Lebanon, who all qualified
automatically after reaching the last eight of the 2017 Rugby League World
The final two pots will feature
qualifiers, based on their world ranking, including the two most recently
qualified sides, France and Wales.
After failing to win through from the
European championship, Ireland and Scotland hope to secure qualification at
the second attempt in 2019, while the United States, Chile, Jamaica, and
Canada will provide one qualifier from the Americas championship in
Jacksonville this week.
The women's tournament will begin on
the men's quarterfinal weekend in 2021.
"One of our main aims was to hold the
most inclusive Rugby League World Cup of all time, and I'm delighted that we
have that confirmed," Rugby League World Cup chief executive Jon Dutton
"It was important for us to demonstrate
a commitment to tier two nations, and growing maturity for the World Cup
with a clearer format."
Update November 6-10, 2018
Jutanugarn fires a 68 to lead Blue Bay LPGA by 4 shots
Jutanugarn. (AP Photo)
Hainan Island, China (AP) —
Top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead
at the halfway point of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament.
Jutanugarn had birdies on the final
two holes — and four of the closing seven — on Thursday to take command
over the rest of the field at 7-under 137.
Jennifer Song, Moriya Jutanugarn,
and Gaby Lopez shot 71s and were in a tie for second at 3-under.
The leader is likely to play in a
group on Friday with her older sister.
"I haven't played with her for so
long," she explained. "We have so much fun. At the same time we didn't
talk much when we played ... especially when there are three players in
She said all the talk would
distract the other player.
Jutanugarn said the sisters have
played together before, but never in the same group on the final day.
She said they are sharing the same living quarters this week. But she
went on to explain they are very different characters.
"I think we are very nice to each
other when we're on the golf course, but off the golf course I think we
not nice to each other," she joked.
Between siblings, old habits die
"You know, she's really
professional," Ariya said of her sister. "So her room is so clean. I
throw everything. She yells at me every day."
First-round leader Thidapa
Suwannapura carded a 75 and fell six strokes behind the leader.
The Blue Bay tournament is the last
of five on the LPGA Tour's Asian swing.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League
Chelsea's Oliver Giroud celebrates scoring his side's winning goal
during the Europa League group L soccer match between Bate and Chelsea
at the Borisov-Arena in Borisov, Belarus, Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP
London (AP) - Olivier Giroud
ended his drought by scoring the only goal to lead Chelsea to a 1-0 win
at BATE Borisov on Thursday that clinched a place in the knockout stage
of the Europa League with two group games to spare.
Giroud had not scored for Chelsea
for six months but he knows what it's like to net against BATE. Last
season, the France forward was on target in both games against the
Belarusian champions when he played for London rivals Arsenal in
Europe's second tier competition.
Arsenal also made it through after
a 0-0 home draw against Sporting marred by Danny Welbeck's injury. The
England striker was carried off on a stretcher after appearing to
sustain a serious ankle problem. He needed to receive oxygen before he
was taken to hospital.
Zurich reached the next stage,
together with Bayer Leverkusen, after the German side won their
encounter 1-0. Eintracht Frankfurt beat Apollon Limassol 3-2 to advance,
while Lazio beat Marseille 2-1 to march into the next round and
eliminate last year's runners-up.
Dinamo Zagreb were another team to
progress to the knockout phase after the fourth round of matches.
Ten-man Sevilla won 3-2 at Akhisar thanks to a late penalty, but
Anderlecht's hopes of going through are over.
Here's a look at Thursday's action:
Emerson Palmieri crossed from the
left in the 53rd minute and Giroud stooped to head in for Chelsea. The
France striker was playing against BATE instead of Alvaro Morata, who
'I'm pleased for him," manager
Maurizio Sarri said of Giroud. "He's a very important player for us,
very useful for the team, but I know very well that strikers want to
score, and so for his confidence it's very important.
"BATE played very well. They were
unlucky and could have drawn the match."
The win extended Chelsea's unbeaten
streak this season to 17 games, but the London club were given several
scares as BATE hit the woodwork three times.
Chelsea top Group L with a maximum
12 points. Hungary's Vidi are second on six points after a 1-0 victory
over PAOK .
Arsenal were held to a 0-0 home
draw by Sporting, who had Jeremy Mathieu sent off for a professional
foul on substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang three minutes from the end.
Aubameyang, who replaced the
injured Welbeck in the 30th minute, missed a string of scoring chances.
"Danny's looked like a serious
injury, which is not nice to see," Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech said.
"Our thoughts are with him."
Arsenal top Group E with 10 points,
three ahead of Sporting. Qarabag joined Vorskla on three points after
winning their match 1-0.
BETIS ON TOP
Spanish midfielder Suso curled in a
free kick to salvage a 1-1 draw for seven-time European champions AC
Milan at Real Betis, who had taken the lead in the 12th minute through
Giovani Lo Celso.
Betis top Group F on eight points,
one ahead of Milan and Olympiacos, who thrashed Dudelange 5-1.
Ever Banega converted a penalty
three minutes from time against Akhisar as he grabbed the winner for
Sevilla, the most successful club in Europa League history.
Earlier, Nolito and Luis Muriel
gave the Spanish club a 2-0 lead, but Elvis Manu started a comeback for
Akhisar in the 52nd, four minutes before Sergi Gomez was sent off. Onur
Ayik then equalized for the Turkish side after 78.
Sevilla are tied atop Group J on
nine points with Russia's Krasnodar, who beat Standard Liege 2-1.
Takumi Minamino's hat trick
inspired Salzburg to a 5-2 win at Rosenborg, their fourth straight
victory in Group B. Celtic beat Leipzig 2-1 to join the German side on
In Group H, Luka Jovic, Sebastien
Haller and Mijat Gacinovic scored as Eintracht made it four wins from
four games. Emilio Zelaya netted twice for Apollon, the second time from
the penalty spot.
Marco Parolo headed the opening
goal for Lazio in first-half injury time and Joaquin Correa beat
goalkeeper Yohann Pele 10 minutes into the second before Marseille got
one back through Florian Thauvin.
Eintracht have 12 points followed
by Lazio on nine. Marseille and Apollon, both on one point, are out.
In Group G, Spartak Moscow beat
Rangers 4-3 in a thriller after the Scottish club had led 3-2.
Villarreal lead the section with six points after drawing 0-0 at Rapid
Vienna. Rangers and Spartak are one point behind.
Anderlecht's campaign came to an
end after a 2-0 defeat at Group D rivals Fenerbahce. Zagreb advanced
from that section after a 3-1 victory over Spartak Trnava.
Hanoi GP set to join Formula One circuit in 2020
and CEO of Formula 1 Chase Carey, left, Hanoi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung, second
from left and two other officials watch the Hanoi F1 circuit design on the
screen in Hanoi, Vietnam, Wednesday, Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)
Tran Van Minh
Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) — A Grand
Prix in Hanoi will be added to the Formula One calendar in 2020 as part of
the sport's expansion in Asia.
F1 chairman Chase Carey and Nguyen Duc
Chung, the Mayor of Hanoi, made the announcement on Wednesday.
A 5.556-kilometer circuit will be
constructed near the national stadium using a combination of existing
infrastructure and roads to be built in a new residential area on the edge
of the city center.
"The race track in Hanoi is unique in
the world with half of it being on existing streets and the other half to be
built," Chung said. "The length and turns of this track will bring a lot of
excitement. According to designers, it will be the most exciting track in
Chung said the GP would be funded by
private enterprise headed by Vingroup, the country's largest private
"Hosting Formula 1 races in Hanoi will
open us many opportunities for business, tourist development (and) advertise
the image of Vietnam and image of Hanoi to the world," Chung said. "And at
the same time create new a playing ground and experiences for people of all
walks of life."
Formula One has 21 races listed on a
tentative calendar for 2019.
The 2018 season has two races to go, in
Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi.
Carey came into F1 intent on expansion
and another event in Asia is a major part of the strategy.
"The energy of this country is
incredible. The city of Hanoi I think is increasingly one that's capturing
the world's imagination," he said. "Asia is clearly very important overall
to our future.
"It's really the driving engine of the
world's future, so as we look to grow this sport in Asia, we want to be in a
country we really think it's going to be the engine of growth, the engine of
excitement, so we think Vietnam really captures people's interests."
The race in Vietnam will join other
stops in the Asia-Pacific region that include Japan, China, Singapore, and
Australia. F1 had a regular stop in Malaysia from 1999-2017 and also had
brief forays into India and South Korea.
Jennings makes 146no as England set Sri Lanka 462 target
England's Keaton Jennings plays a shot during the third day of the first
test cricket match between Sri Lanka and England in Galle, Sri Lanka,
Thursday, Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri
Lanka face the daunting task of batting out two days to save the first
test against England after being set an improbable target of 462 and
finishing day three on 15 without loss on Thursday.
Sri Lanka's record of never having
lost a test in Galle is in jeopardy.
England declared their second
innings on 322-6, and opener Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 146.
Jennings batted for more than six
hours, faced 280 deliveries and hit nine fours for a second test century
since his first on debut two years ago.
"I want to give a really big thank
you to the people that have stuck with me, that have helped me over the
last 18 months, that have backed me through some tough times, waking up
in the middle of the night stressing, panicking. I am just really happy
to be sitting here in a position where we can win the game," Jennings
He was well supported by allrounder
Ben Stokes, who hit 62 in a stand of 107 for the fourth wicket as
England dominated the day.
After the dismissal of Stokes,
Jennings added 74 for the fifth wicket with Jos Buttler (35) and 61 for
the sixth wicket with Ben Foakes (37).
Sri Lanka missed a stumping chance
off Buttler when he was on 11.
With the game slipping away, Sri
Lanka set up a defensive field.
Vice-captain Suranga Lakmal stepped
in to the leadership role after captain Dinesh Chandimal was forced off
the field with a groin injury. Sri Lanka management said Chandimal will
bat in the second innings but they could lose the services of the
captain for the series.
Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath,
playing his last test, finished with two wickets apiece. Herath was
given a standing ovation by the packed house, mostly England fans, as he
walked off the field.
His three wickets in the test have
lifted him to 433 all time, two above New Zealand great Richard Hadlee
in the top 10.
Sri Lanka openers Dimuth
Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva saw off the seven overs in the final
"When you look at the three days so
far, I'm not sure there will be a huge change over the next two," Sri
Lanka spin bowling coach Piyal Wijetunga said.
"We know that it does spin a little
more on the last two days because it is dry here. There is a big
challenge, but it's not the kind of wicket we usually see in Galle. If
the batsmen do their duty, the 440-odd that we need will be tough, but
it's not impossible."
The highest fourth-innings total in
Sri Lanka is 397 made by New Zealand in 2009 at Sinhalese Sports Club in
a losing cause. The highest successful run chase was 391 by Sri Lanka in
2017 against Zimbabwe at R. Premadasa Stadium.
The highest fourth-innings total in
Galle was 300 by Pakistan in 2012, also in a losing cause.
Update November 3-5, 2018
Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his 1st Paris Masters title
Khachanov of Russia celebrates after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia
during their final match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the
Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Paris (AP) — Karen Khachanov
upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters
title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael
Nadal's record of 33 Masters titles.
Djokovic, a record four-time
champion at the indoor event, looked out of energy after an epic
three-hour semifinal win against Roger Federer on Saturday.
After also being taken to three
sets by Marin Cilic in Friday's quarterfinals, Djokovic's semifinal
finished at around 8 p.m. local time and he felt he was unable to
recover sufficiently from that draining encounter.
"I didn't unfortunately. But I
don't want to talk about that," Djokovic said. "I want to talk about how
well (Khachanov) played all week and absolutely deserved to win today."
Asked again whether it was a case
of emotional fatigue, after such an intense tussle with Federer,
Djokovic repeated his praise for Khachanov.
"Karen played really well and he
deserved to win," Djokovic said. "All the credit to him."
Although Djokovic broke in the
fourth game to move 3-1 up and then led 30-0 on serve, the unseeded
Khachanov broke him straight back and the momentum abruptly shifted away
"I stepped in more inside the
court," Khachanov said. "I started to move him and maybe he didn't
expect that I could do it after being down 3-1 with a break."
Djokovic seemed agitated at times
and twice turned to his box to remonstrate about an unspecified issue
during the first set.
Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit
a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into
the net. The Russian won the first set with a big first serve that
Djokovic could not return, stretching out his racket in vain as the
fizzing ball clipped the frame.
Djokovic struggled to handle
Khachanov's brutal two-handed, cross-court backhands from the baseline,
which often landed near his ankles, and dropped his serve again to trail
2-1 in the second set. He had to save three more break points in the
seventh game to hold for 4-3 down.
"He was playing big from the back
of the court, flat backhands and forehand. He can really hurt you,"
Djokovic said. "His serve is really, really strong and precise."
After both players held to love,
Khachanov showed no nerves — even though he was in his first Masters
final — and served out the match.
He secured victory on his first
match point when Djokovic chopped a backhand return wide. The imposing
Khachanov thrust both his arms in the air and, moments later, knelt down
to kiss the court.
"It's a breakthrough season. And
this title, it's a good year-end I would say," Khachanov said. "Maybe
I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy."
Djokovic will return to No. 1 in
the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday, but the Serb
will be disappointed at missing out on a 73rd career title, having
withstood the best of Federer on Saturday.
Still, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open
champion has plenty to feel good about after a 22-match winning streak,
and he remains favorite for the season-ending ATP Finals in London,
beginning Nov. 11.
"I'm satisfied of course and I'm
going to be No. 1 tomorrow. What more can I ask for? I mean, I won
20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months," he
said. "I'm getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game."
The 22-year-old Khachanov, ranked
18th, is the first Russian to win here since Nikolay Davydenko in 2006.
Marat Safin won it three times before that.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin
won the last of his Paris Masters titles in 2004, when Khachanov was a
"I watched (Safin's) matches but
later, not at the age of eight," he said. "I'm just really proud of
myself that I could be in this list of winners."
Khachanov added this title to the
Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third title of the year and
He had won his previous three
finals, and said his 100 percent record helped him when he stepped on
court against the 14-time Grand Slam champion.
"I was thinking, 'OK, (Djokovic)
has, I don't know, 70 titles and I have three,'" Khachanov said. "But
3-0, you know? So maybe it was in the back of my mind."
Man City power on, Chelsea up to 2nd after win
Manchester City's Leroy Sane, left, duels for the ball with
Southampton's Cedric Soares during the English Premier League soccer
match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad stadium in
Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
London (AP) — Manchester
City displayed ruthless efficiency on Sunday to raise more questions
over who can stop Pep Guardiola's team powering to a second straight
English Premier League crown.
Raheem Sterling scored twice and
goal-poacher Sergio Aguero was also on target as City marched back to
the top of the standings with a 6-1 victory against Southampton at the
Guardiola's players punished almost
every mistake made in the opening stages by a beleaguered Southampton
side as they led 3-0 after just 18 minutes.
The visitors pulled one back with a
penalty but it proved a minor setback for City, who again dominated
Southampton in the second half.
"I thought it was a great team
performance," Sterling said. "We were brilliant at times today. It is
great times at the moment."
In Sunday's other game,
second-place Chelsea breezed past Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow
Spaniard Pedro added a third as Chelsea proved too strong for Roy
Marc Marquez wins Malaysian MotoGP
Honda rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates after winning the
Malaysia MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia,
Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Sepang, Malaysia (AP) —
Honda rider Marc Marquez overcame a six-place grid penalty and took
advantage of Yamaha rival Valentino Rossi's late crash to win the
Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday.
Rossi led from early in the race
but crashed with four laps to go at the Sepang circuit to give Marquez a
clear run to the finish for his ninth win of the season and 70th of his
career, and give the Honda team an unassailable lead in the
Marquez, who claimed his fifth
world championship in Japan two weeks ago, was demoted from pole
position to seventh on the grid for impeding Suzuki's Andrea Iannone in
Saturday's qualifying, but that didn't hinder him for long as he quickly
moved through the field to put pressure on Rossi and eventually forced
the Italian into an error.
The 25-year-old Spaniard crossed
the line in a time of 40 minutes, 32.372 seconds, 1.898 seconds ahead of
Suzuki's Alex Rin. Yamaha's Johann Zarco was third, 2.474 seconds off
the pace, for his first podium finish since the Spanish MotoGP in May.
Maverick Vinales, who won in
Australia last week, was fourth and Danny Pedrosa finished fifth.
Rossi finished in 18th place and
fell to third in the championship standings behind Ducati rider Andrea
Dovizioso, who placed sixth, with one round remaining.
Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Keitany win NYC Marathon
First place finishers Mary Keitany of Kenya, left, and Lelisa
Desisa of Ethiopia pose for a picture at the finish line of the New York
City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Denis P. Gorman
New York (AP) — By the time
Mary Keitany was pacing her way up Manhattan's First Avenue, she had no
reason to look back for challengers. The Kenyan's lead was growing over
the strong women's field with every stride, and all she thought about
was the finish line.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia didn't
break out into a big grin until he pulled away from two opponents late
in the race.
In perfect crisp autumn weather for
distance runners, Keitany and Desisa won the New York City Marathon on
Sunday in near record times.
Keitany, 36, became the second
woman to win the marathon four times. She ran the race in 2 hours, 22
minutes, 48 seconds, the second fastest time for the course in history.
Margaret Okayo of Kenya set the record of 2:22:31 in 2003.
"I can say the course record was
not in my mind," Keitany said. "For me, winning was the most important."
Desisa, 28, held off countryman
Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds for his first win in New York, joining
victories at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2015. He finished second in
New York in 2014 and third in 2015 and 2017.
"This is my dream," Desisa said.
"To be a champion."
Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5
minutes, 59 seconds, the second fastest time for the course. Geoffrey
Mutai of Kenya set the record of 2:05:05 in 2011. Last year's winner,
Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third.
"I'm pretty happy to finish on the
podium," Kamworor said. "I came out the best that I could in the race. I
tried my best, and I'm happy to be third."
Keitany won in 2014, 2015 and 2016
before coming in second last year to Shalane Flanagan, the first
American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon. She joined
Grete Waitz, the Norwegian who won the marathon nine times between
1978-1988, as the only women to win the marathon four times.
She and Ethiopians Rahma Tusa and
Gudeta turned their race to a three-woman field at the 15-mile mark.
Keitany pulled away from Tusa and Gudeta at the 19-mile mark, leading
Tusa by 26.58 seconds and Gudeta by 43.98 seconds. She extended her lead
over Tusa to 1:27.83 at the 21-mile mark.
From that point, the question was
not whether Keitany would win. Rather, it was by how much.
She beat countrywoman Vivian
Cheruiyot by 3 minutes, 13 seconds.
Flanagan finished third.
"You have to find motivation,
things to focus on," Flanagan said. "When I finally got to third place,
I got another level of excitement because I was fighting."
The United States had four women
finish in the top 10: Molly Huddle was fourth, Desiree Linden was sixth
and Allie Kieffer was seventh.
Four American men also finished in
the top 10: Jared Ward was sixth, Scott Fauble was seventh, Shadrack
Biwott was ninth and Chris Derrick was tenth.
Daniel Romanchuk became the first
American to win the men's wheelchair division, with a time of 1:36:21.
Romanchuk finished 01.15 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Marcel Hug.
David Weir of Britain, American Aaron Pike and Australian Kurt Fernley
rounded out the top five.
"I need air and I'm in pain," said
Romanchuk, a 20-year old from Champaign, Illinois, who won the Chicago
Marathon last month. "It's wonderful to be able to win my two Abbott
major marathons on American soil. It's an amazing experience."
Manuela Schar of Switzerland
repeated as winner of the women's wheelchair division. Schar, who also
won the Berlin and Chicago marathons, finished with a time of 1:50:27.
American Tatyana McFadden finished second with a time of 1:50:48. Lihong
Zou of China came in third. Eliza Ault-Connell of Australia and Margriet
Van Den Broek of the Netherlands finished fourth and fifth.
"New York is always a really tough
one for me because of the course," Schar said. "I'm not really a good
climber so I always have to work really hard in the flat part. Yeah (I)
tried to make that ground that I lose in the hills. I'm always a bit
more nervous before New York than before the other races."
Retired NFL running back Tiki
Barber finished the race in 4:44:47. He has run the marathon every year
since 2014, with his best time being 4:28:26 in 2016. Actress Teri
Hatcher recorded a time of 5:51:21 in her second marathon. In 2014, she
compiled a time of 5:06:42.
Parade fetes champion Red Sox
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left,
waves the flag of Puerto Rico as coach Ramon Vazquez holds the
championship trophy during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series
championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 31, in
Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Philip Marcelo and Bob Salsberg
Boston (AP) — Confetti
cannons boomed and huge crowds of fans cheered wildly on Wednesday as
the Red Sox rumbled through downtown Boston aboard duck boats to mark
the team's fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years.
One of the team's championship
trophies and team manager Alex Cora were hit by flying cans of beer that
Boston fans have made a practice of offering their sports heroes during
recent victory parades. Neither was seriously injured and it didn't take
any varnish off the shining celebration.
The rolling rally set off from
venerable Fenway Park and wound its way through major city streets lined
by fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, some who arrived before
Bits of red, white and blue paper
rained down as team officials, players, and their families waved from
the amphibious, World War II-era vehicles. Some autographed balls and
drank beers tossed to them from the jubilant throng.
Many in the sea of Red Sox jerseys
and ball caps took advantage of the fact that the parade coincided with
Young children dressed up as comic
book and Disney characters, 20-somethings from the city's numerous
colleges sported full-body panda and dinosaur outfits, and fans took
selfies with a doppelganger of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan roaming the
"It's been nothing but love. We're
out here having a good time. We're turnt up," said Jarrick Fidalgo, a
New Bedford, Massachusetts, native with his face painted in the
diabolical red, white and black of the Joker from "Batman."
But it wasn't all carefree fun.
Team manager Alex Cora, one of the team's four World Series trophies and
a bystander were among those hit by errant beer cans. Cora and the
trophy were barely scathed, but the bystander was urged to get treatment
for a gash on her nose, The Boston Globe reported.
Patrick Connolly, a 19-year-old
from Sandwich, Massachusetts, was charged with assault and disorderly
conduct for allegedly hitting Cora with an unopened beer.
Connolly told the arresting
officers, according to the Globe: "I love Cora. I didn't mean to hit
Police Commissioner William Gross
said there were five other parade-related arrests, including a
17-year-old charged with illegal firearm and drug possession.
Security was tight along the route,
which took the team past the site of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon
Public drinking, in theory, was
banned, but many fans still liberally swigged from small vials of liquor
and cans of beer.
Throughout the day, spontaneous
anti-Yankees chants rang out, a nod to the long-running rivalry between
the American League squads.
Countless Boston-area youths
skipped class to take in the parade.
"I heard there were six people in
my history class today. Everyone is here," said Max Colognesi, a
16-year-old from nearby Chestnut Hill who joined friends near the
ballpark. "I have a lot of homework when I get back, but it's worth it."
During a pre-parade ceremony at
Fenway, Cora thanked fans for supporting the team as it won a
team-record 108 games before beating the New York Yankees, Houston
Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.
"I've been saying since Day One,
this is crazy, this is madness," he said.
Boston fans learned even more good
news Wednesday when pitcher David Price announced before the start of
the parade that he planned to stay in Boston, declining a contract
option that would have enabled him to become a free agent.
On Tuesday, the team announced they
were exercising their $15 million option for next season to retain
another star pitcher, Chris Sale.
Though some fans were enjoying
their first championship parade, many others, like 23-year-old Derek
Safford, were veterans.
The North Attleborough,
Massachusetts, resident and his family have attended every parade since
2004, including celebrations of titles for the New England Patriots,
Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.
"I know people had doubts at the
start of the season with Cora being a first-time manager, but he really
made a family-like atmosphere and brought this team together," Safford
said from his prime vantage point on Boylston.
Bob Gardner traveled up from
Newtown, Connecticut, with his wife and their 17-year-old grandson,
Andrew. They took in the spectacle from near Fenway.
"It's an incredible thing because
the team itself reflects so many good things — redemption, pride,
teamwork — especially at this point in our country's history," he said.
Andrew agreed, saying: "It's just a
special team. I'll tell my kids about this team. My grandkids.
"I'll never forget this moment."
Russia's Dalaloyan wins men's all-around on tiebreaker
New world champion and gold medallist Russia's
Artur Dalaloyan, center, silver medallist China's Xiao Ruoteng, left,
and bronze medallist Russia's Nikita Nagornyy, right, pose after the
Men's All-Around Final of the Gymnastics World Chamionships at the
Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Doha, Qatar (AP) — Artur
Dalaloyan ended the men's team final at the world gymnastics
championships in tears — and not the good kind. A mistake on parallel
bars by the 22-year-old played a factor in Russia's narrow runner-up
finish to China.
Though Dalaloyan skipped training
in the run-up to Wednesday's all-around final in an attempt to
decompress, his mind kept drifting back to the five-hundredths of a
point that proved the difference between gold and silver for the
"It was scrolling through my mind,"
It proved to be the fuel he needed
to keep the opportunity to stand atop the podium from slipping through
his grasp twice. Dalaloyan drilled his high bar set, watched 2017 world
champion Xiao Ruoteng of China do the same and then fought back tears —
the good kind this time — after becoming the first Russian to win a
world or Olympic all-around title in nearly 20 years.
Though Dalaloyan and Xiao both
finished with a score of 87.598, Dalaloyan was awarded the gold on a
tiebreaker after the officials dropped the lowest score for each
"I do feel a little pity about
that," Xiao said. "But respect to the judge and respect to the rival."
Xiao went last in the 24-man final
and the 14.233 he needed to get to pull even with Dalaloyan was
plastered in bright yellow letters on the video board inside the Aspire
Dome. When his score flashed — 14.233 — there was a brief moment of
confusion before the tiebreaker was announced. Xiao didn't exactly hang
his head in disappointment.
"I want to be No. 1, yeah but this
result, I'm still happy," Xiao said.
The victory marked a redemption of
sorts for Dalaloyan, who came off the parallel bars shortly after his
mount during the team final, the deduction one of a handful of miscues
by the Russians that helped China return to the top of the sport for the
first time since 2014.
There were few miscues for
Dalaloyan two days later. He put up the top score on rings and was
second on vault, floor and parallel bars and third on high bar while
becoming the second Russian to win the world all-around title, joining
Nikolai Kryukov in 1999. Alexei Neimov captured gold for Russia at the
"It's amazing," Dalaloyan said in
English after joining exclusive company.
Dalaloyan's teammate Nikita
Nagornyy took third. China's Sun Wei was fourth.
American Sam Mikulak was in medal
contention heading into the final rotation, but the five-time national
champion lost his grip with one arm during his high bar routine, a
mistake that dropped him to fifth. Teammate Yul Moldauer came in 12th
while dealing with a biceps injury and back issues. There were no such
problems coming in for Mikulak, which only added to his frustration.
"I've never been so (mad) in my
life," he said.
And for good reason. Mikulak
dazzles with his talent but has developed a habit of coming up just
short when on the world stage. Five years ago, he was second going into
high bar in the 2013 all-around final but had a similar problem to the
one that popped up Wednesday night.
"I was feeling so good," Mikulak
said. "Felt all the confidence in the world. There were no nerves. No
doubt. I'd practiced that exact scenario a million times back in the
Practice, however, did not make
perfect. His mistake wasn't disastrous, but on a day when the top
gymnasts in the world left little room for error — a marked improvement
over a sloppy team final — Mikulak couldn't quite summons the crispness
"You've always got to fight until
the end," Mikulak said. "But man that just hurt. That hurt real bad."
Mikulak will have a chance to pick
up the first world championship medal of his otherwise outstanding
career later in the meet. He's in four event finals. Yet he has poured
himself into chasing an all-around medal for the better part of a
decade. At 26, he's well aware that his opportunities are dwindling.
"I'm going to keep kicking,"
Mikulak said. "It's not over. The (Olympic) Games are always where the
goals are, but I was really hoping this was my chance."
It was until it wasn't.
Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters; will lose No. 1 ranking
Rafael Nadal of Spain talks to media as he announces his withdraw from
the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France,
Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Paris (AP) — Returning from
one injury to play at the Paris Masters, Rafael Nadal pulled out with
This time it wasn't the troublesome
right knee which had sidelined him since the U.S. Open semifinals in
early September, but rather an abdominal injury which just crept up on
Given his history of injuries,
Nadal listened to advice and did not play his second-round match against
Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.
"The last few days I start to feel
a little bit the abdominal, especially when I was serving," Nadal said.
"The doctor says that is recommended to not play, because if I continue
the abdominal maybe can break and can be a major thing."
This latest injury will cost him
his No. 1 ranking, which goes back to longtime rival Novak Djokovic next
Djokovic lost his top ranking to
Andy Murray at the Paris Masters two years ago.
As he then struggled to come back
from a lingering elbow injury, the 31-year-old Serb's ranking plummeted
to No. 22 in May this year.
But Djokovic has completely turned
his form around, winning four of the last five tournaments he has
entered, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and most recently the
Shanghai Masters. The 14-time Grand Slam champion's brilliant comeback
makes him the first player to reach No. 1 after being ranked below 20th
in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000, according to the ATP Tour.
Djokovic faces Damir Dzumhur in the
third round, the first time they have played each other.
For Nadal, it is the second
straight year he has withdrawn from the Paris indoor tournament and he
is not sure if he will play at the season-ending ATP Finals in London,
starting Nov. 11.
"I cannot answer. I just go day by
day," the 17-time Grand Slam champion said. "The most important thing
for me is to be healthy, be healthy and have the chance to compete weeks
in a row. Something that I was not able to do this year, playing only
nine events and retiring in two."
Nadal has dealt with off-and-on
knee problems for years and the 32-year-old Spaniard prefers to be
cautious. At the U.S. Open, he retired during his match against Juan
Martin del Potro. He then skipped the Asia swing to recover, missing
tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai.
"It has been a tough year for me in
terms of injuries so I want to avoid drastic things," Nadal said. "The
doctor says if I want to play the tournament, I want to try to win the
tournament, the abdominal with break for sure."
Nadal is optimistic his latest
injury will pass, providing he does not rush back.
"It would not be fair to say it's a
real injury today but what is sure, if I continue it will be a real
injury," he said. "When you come back after injuries, and you push a
little bit, the body at the beginning some issues can happen."
Lucky loser Malek Jaziri replaced
Nadal and beat Verdasco 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-3 and next faces defending
champion Jack Sock.
Roger Federer also advanced to
Thursday's third round after big-serving Milos Raonic retired before
their match with a right elbow injury.
Raonic injured himself during a
three-set win against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.
"In the middle of second set, I
overextended my elbow and it did some kind of pain," he said. "I went
and I did an ultrasound and MRI, and they found some kind of a lesion in
Federer, who won his 99th career
title at the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, will next face 13th-seeded Fabio
Fognini. He leads the Italian 3-0 in matchups.
Sock and fourth-seeded Alexander
Zverev reached round three in straight sets.
The 16th-seeded Sock won 6-3, 6-3
win against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, while Zverev advanced 6-4, 6-4
over American Francis Tiafoe.
Sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem won 6-4,
6-2 against Gilles Simon, beating the Frenchman for the eighth time in
No. 7 Kevin Anderson, the Wimbledon
runner-up; No. 8 John Isner, No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 10 Kei Nishikori
and No. 15 Diego Schwartzman also advanced.
Isner and Nishikori are competing
with No. 5 Marin Cilic and Thiem for the last two ATP finals places.
Cilic faces Dimitrov on Thursday.
No. 11 Borna Coric completed
second-round action with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Daniil Medvedev and next
Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his side's
second goal during the English League Cup 4th round soccer match between
West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium in London,
Wednesday, Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
London (AP) - Son Heung-min
burst out of a 19-game goal drought to help Tottenham into the English
League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while a pair of early own-goals
ruined Frank Lampard's return to former club Chelsea.
Son scored his first two goals of the
season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added
one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the
The reward for Tottenham: A last-eight
meeting with north London rivals Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in December.
While remaining a star for South Korea,
who he led to a gold medal — thereby earning exemption from military service
— at the Asian Games in September, Son is no longer guaranteed a first-team
place at Tottenham because of fierce competition up front.
Spurs, who were playing just 48 hours
after a loss to Manchester City in the Premier League, are looking to claim
a first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino and end what will be
an 11-year wait for a trophy.
Lampard, now a manager, returned to
Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down
the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a
trophy-laden 13-year spell.
Derby lost 3-2 and were ultimately
undone by two own-goals in the opening 21 minutes — the first of which was
scored in the fifth minute by a player on loan from Chelsea, Mikayo Tomori.
The game almost went to penalties, with Derby striker David Nugent hitting
the post in the final minutes.
Lampard spent time on the Stamford
Bridge field after final whistle, applauding Chelsea's fans and getting
plenty of cheers in return.
"There wasn't a tear in the eye, but it
was emotional," Lampard said. "I did leave here quietly (in 2014), slightly
out of the back door, so it's good to walk through the front door and get
Chelsea were drawn to play Bournemouth
at home in the quarterfinals.
Arsenal set up the north London derby
in the quarterfinals by beating third-tier Blackpool 2-1 in a match both
teams finished with 10 men.
Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his first
for the club, and 18-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal's
goals at the Emirates before Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for a second
yellow card in the 56th minute.
Blackpool reduced the deficit 10
minutes later through Paudie O'Connor, who was later shown a straight red
card for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to end any hope of a comeback.
Tony Pulis got one over his former club
when second-tier Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the other
fourth-round match on Wednesday.
Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in
first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range.
Pulis managed Palace for eight months
in the 2013-14 season, helping keep the team in the Premier League.
Middlesbrough will face Burton Albion in the next round.